Avocados are a creamy, versatile, and delicious ingredient that can is surprisingly pretty good for you. They’re high in potassium, fiber and a great source of healthy fats. Overall, no matter how you prepare avocado or what you put it in, it’s generally excellent for you. But what about people with a sensitivity or allergy to nickel?
Is Avocado High in Nickel?
Avocados do have a high nickel content. If you were to eat an entire avocado, you’d be well over the recommended daily intake (RDI) for nickel. Even if you were to eat half of an avocado, you’d still be over the RDI. One avocado has approximately 100,000 mg of nickel, where the RDI for nickel is between 0.025 mg and 0.035 mg per day for most adults.
As with most other produce items, the nickel levels in avocados may vary depending on where they were grown. While this seems outrageous, for those who don’t suffer from a nickel allergy, likely, you won’t have any adverse effects from eating avocados.
Are We Supposed to Eat Nickel?
I know it may sound odd that there are trace amounts of nickel in almost everything we eat, but this is perfectly safe for the majority of the population.
Nickel is a mineral that we need in our bodies, but not an overly large amount. That’s why the trace amount of nickel you’ll find in a lot of common foods is perfectly safe and, frankly, good for you. Nickel is essential for our bodies because it helps prevent the nickel levels in our blood from getting too low.
If the nickel levels in your blood get too low, you may suffer from a nickel deficiency. Nickel is also used within our bodies to help treat osteoporosis and anemia.
For those who have a nickel allergy, though, watching the amount of nickel you consume will be crucial for your health. When you eat too much nickel when you have an allergy, you may develop a rash, headaches, and stomachaches.
The good news is that if you know what foods are high in nickel, you can limit the amount you eat to keep yourself healthy and feeling your best.
What Happens if I Eat Avocados With a Nickel Allergy?
Unfortunately, there’s no straightforward answer to this question—many people who have a nickel allergy experience rashes, stomachaches, and headaches. Everybody is different, and your reaction may be more or less severe than another person with a nickel allergy.
Even if you eat something with avocado in, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to have a reaction. So, what will happen when you eat avocados, or other food with a high amount of nickel is 100% dependent on your body alone.
As with any allergy or sensitivity, it’s best to consult with your doctor to understand better how your body may react and whether eating avocados is in the cards for you or not.
Does Avocado Oil Have a High Nickel Content?
It’s hard to say what the nickel content of avocado oil is. There’s not a lot of information available that compares the nickel content with certain foods and their oils. Since avocados do have a high nickel content, avocado oil likely has a high nickel content too.
Foods With a Similar Nickel Content to Avocados
As mentioned, most products that we eat have trace amounts of nickel. If you’re wondering what other things you eat that have a similar nickel content as avocados, here are a few.
Pistachios are a very popular nut to eat for a snack. These little green nuts may be delicious, but they may be more painful than tasty for those with a nickel allergy. They have 100,000 mg of nickel per serving, like avocados. Other types of nuts are generally high in nickel too, but cutting down on the pistachios when you have a nickel allergy is a good idea.
Milk chocolate is also high in nickel. It has a little bit less nickel than avocados, but not by much. Milk chocolate has 92,000 mg of nickel per serving.
Something you may not have assumed has a high nickel content is oat flour. This traditional flour substitute is excellent for those who are gluten-free, but those with a nickel allergy may need to rethink this product.
Oat flour has 96,000 mg of nickel per serving. If you’re thinking you never eat oat flour, check with your favorite cereal brands. Many popular cereal brands use oat flour in their products.
Other Names for Avocados
Personally, I’ve never heard avocados called anything but avocados. But apparently, there are other names for this fruit. Here are a few of the other names avocados are called:
- Butter pear
- Midshipmen’s butter
- Alligator pear
- Vegetable butter
Many people believe that these different names for avocados are due to their appearance. Avocados tend to spread like butter, which explains the names that include the word butter. People used to call them alligator pears because not only are avocados similar in shape to pears, but the rough skin reminded people of alligators.
Where Did Avocados Come From?
Historians have been able to date avocados back to South and Central America. If you want to get more specific, they’ve dated the use of avocados back to the Incas in Peru and several civilizations in Mexico.
We can trace the use and consumption of avocados back to somewhere between 7,000 and 5,000 b.c. It’s estimated that even though South America and Central America are where avocados originated, others believe that avocados originated in southern Mexico and then spread to countries in South America.
To this day, they’re still responsible for a large quantity of avocado production in the world. By the 17th century, explorers were bringing avocados to the United States. By 1833, avocado trees were being planted in what is now Florida.
In 1856, six years after California gained statehood, planting avocado trees began. Over 100 years later, California is responsible for over 90% of all avocado production in the United States.
Cooking has never come naturally, so finding delicious but simple recipes is important to Hannah. Comfort food is her go-to but she loves trying new dishes from around the world.